Work­ing to­gether can de­liver de­cent Brexit deal

Solihull News - - JULIAN KNIGHT MP -

THIS week marked the end of the sum­mer re­cess, and I am back at the House of Com­mons for the start of the au­tumn sit­ting.

I have re­ally en­joyed spend­ing a cou­ple of months ‘ on the ground’ in Soli­hull.

The lull in Par­lia­men­tary busi­ness dur­ing re­cess is a great op­por­tu­nity to meet res­i­dents and work directly on lo­cal con­cerns – and gives me a chance to spend some qual­ity time at home with my wife. But we have very im­por­tant work to be get­ting on with at West­min­ster: Brexit is now less than two years away, and this au­tumn MPs will be de­bat­ing the EU With­drawal Bill – a vi­tal piece of leg­is­la­tion which will give us the le­gal ba­sis for a smooth, or­derly exit from the Euro­pean Union.

I be­lieve that since we voted to hold the ref­er­en­dum, and had the op­por­tu­nity to cam­paign for ei­ther side, we MPs have a duty to re­spect the verdict of the Bri­tish peo­ple and work as hard as we can to make Brexit a suc­cess.

Of course, sup­port­ing the Gov­ern­ment on this im­por­tant bill doesn’t mean that I won’t be speak­ing up for Soli­hull’s in­ter­ests as a glob­al­ly­minded, ex­port­ing town – and I ex­pect MPs from other par­ties to do the same.

By work­ing to­gether across party and re­gional lines, we can all help min­is­ters to craft a Brexit deal which works for ev­ery part of our United King­dom.

Too of­ten, peo­ple only see the bois­ter­ous and com­bat­ive side of Par­lia­ment. In fact much of West­min­ster’s best work is done by MPs from across the House work­ing to­gether, as I’ve seen first- hand dur­ing my cam­paigns against fraud and un­fair petrol du­ties.

Un­for­tu­nately, there are al­ways those who can’t rise above the stereo­typ­i­cal them- an­dus mind­set. One new Labour MP re­cently made head­lines by say­ing she would never be friends with a Con­ser­va­tive!

Per­son­ally, I will al­ways be ready and will­ing to work with MPs from across the House to cam­paign on be­half of our town and its res­i­dents. It may be less ex­cit­ing than end­less shout­ing about the other side, but I think it’s what Soli­hull vot­ers ex­pect.

Per­son­ally, I will al­ways be ready and will­ing to work with MPs from across the House.

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